04/24/14 1:00pm

Bill Euille Speaks at rally at King Street Gardens in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

UPDATED (1:15 PM): Reader noted I misspelled Rallies in the post title. Correction made.

Having been accused of being a ‘Republican Party operative’ in other threads on other blogs and websites, I was a little nervous about heading to a rally for a Democratic candidate for Congress like Alexandria Mayor Euille.

The event was held at 5:30 PM at King Street Gardens Park in the upper King Street area of Old Town Alexandria. I was a little shocked at the timing of the event and the location. At 5:30 PM, how many of you are still working?

As for the location, I understand that Bill was trying to grab the attention of commuters walking home and/or walking to the Metro but, for people like me who drive occasionally, the parking for this event left something to be desired if Bill was looking to attract a crowd. IMHO, you have this event here or at Market Square say 7:00 PM and you get a bigger crowd.

Personally, I like Mayor Euille because he looks at the whole picture before deciding on things. I don’t agree with every decision (e.g. Red Light cameras, longer parking meter hours, etc) the Mayor or Council make but, Bill listens. I also think Bill has the best campaign website I have seen so far this 2014 primary season.

As for his campaign, he says the campaign is running strong (see this press release) but, being a good fundraiser doesn’t translate into votes. He has good name recognition in Alexandria but, what about the other areas of the 8th District? He made a good but, not inspiring speech to the assembled crowd yesterday (see the above photo). Frankly, I was shocked during the speech he touched only a little on the theme of his first campaign ad. Could that lack of inspiration been the result of having run unopposed for Mayor for so long? I did like the beginning of the speech where he talked about his family’s connection to the park, especially his Mother.

What are your thoughts on Bill Euille? Would you vote for him as our next Congressman?

To find out more about the Bill Euille campaign, click this link.

Here are some more photos I took of the event…

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04/24/14 11:00am

The 18th Annual Project Discovery Walkathon (PDF) will be held Saturday, April 26, at Fort Ward Park, 4301 W. Braddock Road, in Alexandria. Registration will take place from 8 to 9 a.m. followed by the opening ceremony and the 3k walk around the park. The event will conclude with a ceremony and awarding of prizes at 10 a.m.

Honorary co-chairs of this year’s walk are Anne and Michael Bland of Bland Management. Amelia Segal, NBC4 TV meteorologist, will serve as emcee.

Project Discovery Alexandria is a college access program that helps students become the first members of their families to attend college or technical school. Through workshops, trips to colleges and enriching experiences, students learn how to achieve educational goals, select a college, manage time, improve study skills and apply for financial aid.

The Walkathon is held each year to help with expenses of operating the program. For more information, to donate or register to walk, visit http://alexandriava.gov/PDWalkathon. You may also send a donation to Alexandria Office of Youth Services, 2525 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22301.

04/24/14 10:30am

Nice, polished, first TV ad here from the Don Beyer campaign in the race for Jim Moran’s old seat in the 8th Congressional District. The ad is called ‘Trust’ and hits all the right buttons and focuses on women’s issues like equal pay, paid maternity leave, and the right to choose. I do like how his daughter talks about what the Beyer campaign does for women at their dealerships.

For our readers, if you’re a woman, what do you think of this ad? What do you think of Don Beyer? Are these three issues highlighted here the most important to women – why or why not?

04/24/14 10:15am

Retail space for lease in Old Town Alexandria Virginia on Fairfax Street

Was out snapping photos this morning for the popular House of the Day series when I came across this on the 100 block of South Fairfax Street in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. Located across from Burke and Herbert Bank and just down from the Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Museum and the Shoe Hive and Hysteria (two of Old Town Boutique District’s shops), this area gets quite a bit of traffic usually.

If interested, call the number in the photo.

04/24/14 9:15am

The goals of Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work Day is to strengthen the connection between education and work and relationships between parents and their children and help inspire a future generation of girls and boys by helping bring them into the workplace to explore the many life choices they have.

Are you taking your child to work today in Alexandria? If so, what are some activities you will be doing with your child at work? In the meantime, enjoy the video from The Office above on this topic. This video always makes me giggle.